Cecchi Gori gets active with 3 Cannes catches

Italo distrib picks up 'Crooks,' 'Taxi,' 'Heart'

ROME — Signaling that there’s life in the beleaguered distrib yet, Italy’s financially troubled Cecchi Gori Group has emerged from a prolonged period of in-activity to pick up three key titles at the Cannes Intl. Film Festival, including Woody Allen’s “Small Time Crooks.”

Cecchi Gori acquisitions exec Faruk Alatan confirmed that the distrib concluded a deal on the Croisette with producer Jean Doumanian for the final film from her now-defunct partnership with Allen.

Cecchi Gori has a long relationship with Doumanian and her Sweetland Films company, having previously released Allen’s “Mighty Aphrodite,” “Everyone Says I Love You,” “Deconstructing Harry” and “Celebrity.” The company currently has “Sweet and Lowdown” in Italian theaters.

Cecchi Gori also acquired Italian rights to French B.O. smash “Taxi 2,” directly from producer Luc Besson; and is concluding a deal with Summit Entertain-ment for Haxam Films upcoming title “Heart of Love,” from Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez, the directing duo behind “The Blair Witch Project.”

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